Beaver County man dies in motorcycle accident

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A Beaver County man believed to be under the influence of alcohol died early this morning after losing control of his motorcycle and slamming into two guardrail posts.

Justin M. Carland, 28, of Industry was flown by helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh following the 12:06 a.m. crash in Beaver County.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1:53 a.m.

Investigators suspect Mr. Carland was under the influence of alcohol, according to a press release from the Pennsylvania State Police.

The accident occurred in the eastbound lane of Interstate 376 in Chippewa about a half-mile north of Achortown Road.

Police said Mr. Carland was driving fast and lost control of his motorcycle. It crossed the median, traveling 430 feet, hit one post, moved another 79 feet and then came to rest against the second post.

The press release shows that police believe Mr. Carland violated the section of the vehicle code that deals with driving a vehicle at a safe speed.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office ruled the death from injuries to Mr. Carland's trunk and legs as accidental.

No autopsy was done, a forensic investigator said this morning. But investigators are awaiting toxicology test results from the office.

State police said Mr. Carland was wearing a helmet.

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